Women in Tea: Not Just a Gentlemen’s Business?

In China, the crafting and trading of tea is historically the domain of men. In contrast to the western stereotype of aristocratic ladies sipping afternoon tea from ornate cups, the Chinese tea drinking culture was mostly popularized by male scholars, who waxed poetic on the complex flavors and austere pleasures of their favorite teas. While women certainly brewed and drank tea as well, they escape mention in most discussions of tea history in China. So it probably comes as no surprise that when Alice Luong, owner of Red Blossom Tea Company, first started traveling to China and Taiwan to source teas [...]

Women in Tea: Not Just a Gentlemen’s Business?2018-05-15T08:40:31-05:00

The Current State of Organic Orthodox Tea in Nepal

Organic Orthodox Tea in Nepal “Chiya khayau? (Did you drink tea?)” No, it’s not intense curiosity about your drinking habits – it’s a colloquial way of greeting people in Nepalese culture. Whether you are strolling around the urban corners of Kathmandu or on your way to experience an adventure in the jagged Himalayan mountains, you are bound to encounter local people engaging in everything from lengthy philosophical conversations to rants about the mundanity of their daily lives over a cup of chiya – tea. Tea is the beverage with which the majority of the people in Nepal prefer to kick off [...]

The Current State of Organic Orthodox Tea in Nepal2018-05-15T08:40:32-05:00

Tea Tastes in 2017: A Forecast

A new year is upon us and the tea industry is rife with innovation, cheeky trends, and funky fads. We asked 7 tea folk from around the world what they see coming down the pike in 2017 -- here's what they had to say: Henrietta Lovell Owner, Rare Tea Company “I see a significant trend for 2017 and beyond in the rise of the conscious consumer. People have, for some time now, started to wonder what lies beyond the industrial bag. But real change is starting to happen as customers – especially online where they expect clear, transparent company information – [...]

Tea Tastes in 2017: A Forecast2018-05-15T08:40:33-05:00